Calf Augmentation

Calf augmentation with implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps enhance, reshape and better define the contours of the lower leg. A number of factors can affect the size, shape and proportion of the calves. The shape depends on muscle development as well as on fat distribution, the latter especially in women. Calf shape also depends on ethnicity and genetics. Sometimes when people have long legs with short gastrocnemius muscles—the large muscle that makes up the bulk of the calf—it may be too highly positioned and unable to develop properly. 

Calf augmentation with implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps enhance, reshape and better define the contours of the lower leg. A number of factors can affect the size, shape and proportion of the calves. The shape depends on muscle development as well as on fat distribution, the latter especially in women. Calf shape also depends on ethnicity and genetics. Sometimes when people have long legs with short gastrocnemius muscles—the large muscle that makes up the bulk of the calf—it may be too highly positioned and unable to develop properly.

Calf Augmentation - Before and After

The goal of calf implant surgery is to simulate the shape and volume of the gastrocnemius muscle. This is the most superficial muscle in the back of the calf and the easiest to imitate with implants. Once implants are in place, you can see improvements from the front, back and on both sides of the legs. The improvements on the sides are visible from the front as well. As for what is considered attractive when it comes to calf shapes and sizes, the proportions of the calf to the leg confirmto the classic golden ratio or golden proportion, as do most parts of the human body. Symmetry between the two legs matters, too.

Although increasingly in demand for cosmetic purposes, calf implants were originally developed to correct defects on one or both legsdue to medical conditions. People who have or have had polio, clubfoot, spina bifida or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease can benefit from calf implants during the leg reconstruction process. They are also useful for those who have suffered traumatic injury to their lower legs which have left their calves deformed, undeveloped or diminished.

While calf implants are not in demand on the same scale as breast implants, worldwide demandamong men and women is growing. Studies show that the satisfaction and improvement in body image among those who receive calf implants is often similar to the positive effects experienced among breast implant recipients.

Dr Benjamin Norris Dr Benjamin Norris
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Bondi Junction NSW 2022

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